Sunday was a big day for several of the prospects in the Cubs’ system. Arismendy Alcantara hit his first home run in the majors, Javier Baez and Kris Bryant performed well in the Futures Game, and Baez hit a two-run homer. Billy McKinney went deep for Daytona, his first homer since the trade. And Jorge Soler recorded the first multi-homer game of his pro career.
Jorge Soler went 3-for-5 with two home runs and five RBI in the Smokies 14-8 victory over the Jacksonville Suns. Soler hit a two-run shot in the fifth and a three-run homer in the seventh.
Jorge Soler has been on a tear since he returned from the disabled list. Soler has started five of the seven games and has hit home runs in four of the five games he’s started since July 6. In 14 games for the Smokies this season, Soler is 20-for-47 with nine doubles, five home runs, six walks and 11 strikeouts. That is a .426/.491/.936 slash line with a 1.427 OPS.
Smokies’ play-by-play man, Mick Gillispie reported the home runs that Soler hit Sunday traveled an estimated 420 feet and 440 feet.
The Cubs have days off planned for Jorge Soler in order to keep him healthy so he can put the hamstring injuries behind him and stay on the field. When he’s played this season, he’s produced at the plate.